A Western Australian couple in their 50s have escaped a light plane crash in South Australia’s outback with non-life threatening injuries, after the aircraft flipped upon landing and skidded on its roof down the runway.
Police say the light aircraft flipped just after 3:00pm while landing at the William Creek Airport, about 160 kilometres east of Coober Pedy.
The pair suffered multiple injuries to their heads, chests and legs.
An ambulance crew from Coober Pedy — around 160 kilometres from the airstrip — arrived at the crash site around two hours after the incident.
PHOTO: Emergency crews tend to the people injured in a light plane crash at William Creek airfield. (Supplied)
The area is popular for scenic flights over Lake Eyre, however Wrightsair tour operator Trevor Wright told the ABC the plane was not a local aircraft.
“There was a group of seven light aircraft that had come in from Western Australia and they were on an outback tour,” Mr Wright said.
“Six of the aircraft landed without any incident and the seventh aircraft was coming in to land and managed to flip over.
“I think the nose wheel of the plane collapsed, causing it to go on its nose and then flip over and keep running down the airstrip upside down.”
Mr Wright said two of his employees, along with an off-duty SES officer on holiday from Victoria, worked to free the 65-year-old male pilot and his 64-year-old-female passenger from the cockpit.
“Luckily no one is dead,” he said.
The plane is registered as an amateur-built Van’s Aircraft RV-6A model, constructed in 1998.
The pair have been flown to the Flinders Medical Centre by the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
The crash comes less than a month after two people were killed in a plane crash near Leigh Creek Airport — also in remote outback South Australia.
Rachel Whitford, 48, and Peter Gesler, 59, died on July 7 when the light plane they were in crashed in scrubland about 4.5 kilometres from Leigh Creek Airport, also in remote outback South Australia.
Lake Eyre is the fullest it has been in 45 years, attracting tourists from around Australia.